Californian Becomes the Second U.S. Citizen Granted “Non-Binary” Gender Status

Californian paralegal Sara Kelly Keenan has become the second person in the U.S. to be legally granted the gender status of “non-binary.” Keenan (who prefers she/her pronouns) was born intersex, and as a result her body produced neither male nor female hormones.

After recent news of Oregon resident Jamie Shupe changing their gender status to non-binary, Keenan was prompted to make the switch herself. After petitioning the California courts, she was granted non-binary status. Keenan said of her victory: “This represents a huge opportunity for acceptance and awareness for young non-binary and intersex and trans people—and for their parents.”

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